This week we received a wonderful email from Holway School Community Garden in Taunton. This is a little bit of what they had to say and we hope it inspires you as much as it did us….
” At the beginning of this year a friend and I started a school community garden in Taunton. We were very lucky getting permission from the school to use their land and a grant from a council scheme to begin our funding. So moving very quickly in April we got started.
Making the garden accessible to both the school children and members of the community was so important to us… on looking around we settled on raised beds from The Recycle Works, choosing a combination of deep and value raised beds to create a (probably) unique layout for our garden. Time has flown, we have had great success with the garden and a massive interest in the raised beds!
We have lots of exciting things coming up now, even as lots of the plants that have been producing well all summer are dying off! We are hopefully launching our website in the next few weeks – with which we hope to have a link to The Recycle Works as many people have asked where to get the raised beds!
We are building up to a big event at which we will be building a full size greenhouse – out of plastic bottles!!! Following that we will be increasing our growing areas to included patches for 2 classes from the school that will be doing a “field to fork” project. To do this we will be returning to the Recycle Works for more raised beds for this as 1 – the teachers specifically asked to use the raised beds as they like them so much, and 2- we tried a cabbage patch dug straight into the ground and it was quite unsuccessful partly due to the amount of maintenance!”
The Recycle Works Aims to Donate 50 Wheelchair Raised Beds To Local Care Homes
Lancashire based company and BIBA award winners The Recycle Works Ltd, has launched a charity campaign in order to help promote Older Peoples Day on 1st October 2009.
The campaign aims to provide at least 50 wheelchair height raised beds to local care homes with the hope that they will encourage lots of gardening activity and intergenerational activities for residents and their family members. Plus to make sure they donate as many as possible, for every two Raised Beds collected, The Recycle Works will donate the third!
Since it was established in 1995, The Recycle Works Ltd has encouraged people to grow their own vegetables and recycle household waste through its innovative range of products that have become firm family favourites over the years.
Company Director Sylvia Hopwood said “As a 76 year old myself, I feel passionately about passing on lifetime skills and gardening is something that I love doing with my grandchildren. There are so many people who move into care homes and would still love to be able to continue growing their own vegetables and spending time passing on such skills, and we want to be able to help them do just that!”
She continued “We’d love as many people as possible to help support our campaign and it’s so simple to get involved. All you need to do to make a difference is donate £4 via our website which will then purchase a board for a Raised Bed. You can even dedicate the board to someone special and we’ll send them a note to let them know you’ve done so! We can all help make some else’s life that little bit more special so please do donate today and help us ‘raise beds for care homes!”
Follow the progress of the charity campaign at The Recycle Works blog and find out about Sylvia’s latest activity. If you’d like to nominate a particular care home or know a care home who’d love to be involved in the campaign please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate to the campaign – click here!
Have you got an abundance of fruit this year? The team at The Recycle Works certainly have this year and it’s inspired us to design a brand new product that we hope you’re going to love – Wooden Fruit Storage Boxes
They have been designed to give priority to good air circulation with large storage space of 1.6sq m. The slatted wooden bars are attached together with webbing straps to ensure even spacing and have a rebate on each end to ensure they sit sqaurely on the supporting rails. The design allows easy access and quick assembly/dismanting.
Dimensions: 60(h) x 65 x 65cm
Normal selling price will be £77 however we’re going to offer an introductory special offer price of £70, but it won’t be for long……
Made from untreated FSC wood too. Love Your Environment!
From this week you will begin to see statements of our Environmental Policy and our Environmental Product Analysis relating to every product we sell on the website.
The Recycle Works recognizes the need for everyone to improve Environmental performance. This we are trying to do and we hope to encourage others to do so too. We are really keen on improvement rather than a critical approach. So in order to improve our practices and our habits we are embarking on a project to do the following: 1. Publish our on-going in house Environment Policy and keep it updated. 2. Publish the Environmental Product criteria of our products and update these whenever there is some improvement to add.
Initially we will start with ourselves then we will follow up with the environmental criteria from our suppliers’ products. If some of these products are not scoring well on the environmental scale we will not discontinue these items as a matter of course. We will press for improvements. The Environmental Product Analysis will appear on all relevant pages on the website close to the purchase option. For each product we will try to answer a set of Environmental criteria relating to that product. This will be ongoing and will take quite a long time to finish the initial stage. As you would expect we are starting with our own home manufactured products. Information will be updated when there is an improvement. None of us, and none of our products can be seen to be environmentally perfect but we can always try to improve the way we do things. It has been really difficult to keep this data quite short but if you would like to see something different or something else in there please tell us.
By the way we have been guided in this by Tom who is Simon’s nephew and who has just finished his Masters in Environmental Studies. He will be joining our Ask The Expert Team as our Sustainability Expert so go-on, ask him something! Like policemen, he looks devastatingly young and good looking as you’ll see from his picture above! Welcome to the team Tom!
This year wasps are on the sting! I had a sting last week and it irritated and itched for about 5 days. It left a red wheel on my arm too. This happened when I was working at my laptop in the kitchen. We have a wasp deterrent for you, and me, this week. Wasps are, apparently, very territorial and will not go into another wasp’s territory. If they see another wasp nest they steer clear.